King Curtis/Champion Jack Dupree: Blues at Montreux

Track List

>Junker's Blues
>Sneaky Pete
>Everything's Gonna Be Alright
>Get With It
>Poor Boy Blues
>I'm Having Fun

Album Notes

Personnel: King Curtis (alto & tenor saxophones); Champion Jack Dupree (vocals, piano); Cornell Dupree (guitar); Jerry Jemmott (bass); Oliver Jackson (drums).

Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland on June 17, 1971. Originally released on Atlantic (1637). Includes liner notes by Mike Hennessey.

Personnel: King Curtis (saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Champion Jack Dupree (vocals, piano, keyboards); Cornell Dupree (guitar); Chuck Rainey, Gerald Jemmott (bass guitar); Oliver Jackson (drums).

Audio Mixers: Michael Cuscuna; Bob Liftin.

Liner Note Author: Mike Hennessey.

Recording information: Montreux Jazz Festival, Montreux, Switzerland (06/17/1971).

Editor: Michael Cuscuna.

Photographers: Tom Hanley; Georges Braunschweig; Yves Braunschweig.

Arrangers: King Curtis; Champion Jack Dupree.

This live set from the 1971 Montreux Jazz Festival was co-led by tenor saxophonist King Curtis (who tragically would be killed three months later) and veteran blues pianist/vocalist Champion Jack Dupree. With guitarist Cornell Dupree (in excellent form), bassist Jerry Jemmott and drummer Oliver Jackson laying down the foundation, Curtis and Dupree find a great deal of common musical ground. Dupree has quite a few witty vocals (particularly the near-classic "Junker's Blues") while taking choruses of irregular length that keep his sidemen continually guessing. Curtis' distinctive tenor is also heard from, making one truly regret that this was his final recording. ~ Scott Yanow


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